Strandberg stated that he had despite never seeing one before. On learning that Sulin is being held in Cambodia by a Vietnamese unit under the command of a ruthless Russian General Hues Scott and Mac, with the help of helicopter pilot Terry plan a daring and deadly rescue. The martial arts magazine gave the film a rating of one and a half out of five noting that Jean-Claude Van Damme does not have much screen time and that the film was derivative of The Karate Kid. Stillwell uses these lessons to defend his martial arts against martial artist Ivan Kraschinsky Van Damme. On set, Van Damme performed a round house kick on which rendered him unconscious.
In 1993, placed the film at seventh on their list of top ten choreographed martial arts films. Matthias Hues convinces both as an actor and action star, revelling in his role as the villain and hamming it up with great aplomb. Later that night, Jason and Tom have a heated argument over Jason's involving himself in fights. After getting beaten up and humiliated by Scott and Dean at Kelly's birthday party, Jason visits the grave of Bruce Lee and beseeches him for aid. As well as Bruce Lee, Ramon is a big fan of martial arts actors Jackie Chan, Cynthia Rothrock, Jeff Wincott, Richard Norton and Tadashi Yamashita to name a few. Strandberg after being contracted by , the owner of Seasonal Film Corporation, to write a script for them, despite having never written a script beforehand. Before the contest can get under way, however, the crime syndicate interrupts and makes a wager that none of the Seattle fighters can defeat Ivan.
No Retreat, No Surrender 1986 Jason Stillwell, a Bruce Lee fan, is beaten numerous times and trains from the ghost of Lee. Kino Lorber Classics released the Region A Blu-Ray on February 21, 2017, which contained both the American theatrical release and a longer international cut. Strandberg became interested in working in martial arts films as an actor. It is the only film known by me, with two different soundtracks. The film was released in the United States on May 2, 1986.
No Retreat, No Surrender 2: Raging Thunder 1988 In this sequel, Scott Wylde, an American kickboxer, must go to Cambodia to rescue his Vietnamese girlfriend from Russian and Vietnamese troops. A year later, ng See-yuen contacted Strandberg in America stating that he wanted to write a script for them. Retrospectively, the film has received praise for its well-choreographed fight scenes featuring Van Damme. . Jason then must use his newly acquired skills to save Seattle from a crime syndicate, whose top martial artist is the deadly Ivan. Distraught, Jason consults with R. When Jason calls his father a coward for running away from the syndicate, Tom destroys some of Jason's Bruce Lee memorabilia in the garage.
After being turned down by several studios including , Strandberg read about Seasonal Film Corporation and got in contact with the studio head. Jason then must use his newly acquired skills to save Seattle from a crime syndicate, whose top martial artist is the deadly Ivan. McKinney performs as Jason Stillwell, an American teenager who learns karate from the spirit of. I like the story of the underdog becoming the winner. Van Damme was cast in the film and caused problems on the set for continually physically contacting other actors and stuntmen during the fight scenes even after director Yuen told him not to. This marked the first feature length debut for both actors and launched their subsequent acting careers.
Exhausted from the move, Jason falls asleep at the house, but is suddenly awakened by the soul of Bruce Lee, who appears to Jason and begins to train him. Avedon is surprisingly fast and precise, whether he is fending off kidnappers in his hotel room, or dispensing an onslaught of rogue monks. They do however light up their scenes with sheer presence and their trademark standout kicking displays come the Lee vs Rothrock showdown. Actor and martial artist Timothy Baker stated that while working with Van Damme during the action scenes on the set, the production manager and director instructed him to not make contact with the other actors and stuntmen. The film tells in a very simple way to never give up.
Jason reunites with his old girlfriend Kelly Reilly, who lives in the neighborhood with her brother, local black belt Ian. Madison and they become good friends. The film was written by Keith W. Avedon and Hues impress in their first feature making you almost forget about the previous stars, and Rothrock and Lee show just why they are revered as action stars. Ever since he first saw the great Bruce Lee in Enter The Dragon on the big screen whilst living in Iran, Ramon has been fascinated with martial arts, and at age 6 attended classes in Kan Zen Ryu Karate under Sensei Reza Pirasteh. Strandberg wrote a draft of what would become No Retreat, No Surrender.
While production began on the film, Strandberg was on set and spent hours every night changing the script to improve its quality while filming. Now a suspect in both crimes, Scott seeks the help of his friend Mac Jarvis Thayer. No Retreat, No Surrender 1986 Jason Stillwell, a Bruce Lee fan, is beaten numerous times and trains from the ghost of Lee. Utilizing his advanced training, Jason is finally able to conquer his nemesis and earn the respect of his peers and the frustrated crime syndicate members leave Seattle. No Retreat, No Surrender 2: Raging Thunder 1988 In this sequel, Scott Wylde, an American kickboxer, must go to Cambodia to rescue his Vietnamese girlfriend from Russian and Vietnamese troops. Despite this, Jason has a hard time adjusting, as he and R. Kelly tries to stop Ivan by hitting him with a stool, but the Soviet easily disarms her and grabs her by the hair.